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Summer Heat (Cruel Summer #1)

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Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.

And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best nigh
Published August 2nd 2018

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SUMMER HEAT: Is the first contemporary novel in Racheal Van Dyken’s ‘Cruel Summer’ series.

My favourite mistakes. Finding myself in his room
Finding myself in his arms
Finding my mouth on his
Skin against skin
Tongue swirling around tongue
It had been the best kiss of my life.
We'd both been wasted.
And I'd ignored him the next day.

Marlon and Ray are your typical enemies which made for a riveting read, saying these two were a hot mess was an understatement, they were all over the place, the
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Excited :))


With “Summer Heat,” the first of the Cruel Summer trilogy, Rachel Van Dyken delivers on its title, turning up the temperature between two enemies who have so much passion between them they can't hide it and can barely contain it.

While Ray had looks and money, Marlon was the nerd foster kid who mowed her lawn and the popular kids picked on. All through high school she loved him from afar but wanted acceptance even more. She ignored him while others made fun of him, except for the night they had t
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,7. Apesar de gostar bastante desse tipo de livro, não consegui me conectar com a situação. Achei surreal as coisas e sem explicação dos fatos.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gawd !! RVD comes at ya with a sizzling summer read, full of sexual tension that might just melt your IPad, iPhone whatever device you use to read.

Marlon and Ray are enemies. Ray is the spoiled rich princess and Marlon is the foster kid who mows her lawn and gets picked on at school.

Years later these two meet up again and Marlon isn’t that skinny kid anymore and this time he’s set to make her suffer.

These two are like fire together and there is definitely no love lost whatsoever. That o
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is your quintessential must read this summer! It’s one of those light easy reads that hooks you right from the start. RVD introduces readers to Marlon and Ray. Ray is your rich privileged girl and Marlon is the skinny foster kid, who mows her lawn. Ray and Marlon shared a moment but the next day, she ignores him. Fast forward four years later, Ray and Marlon meet again but this time around, Marlon isn’t the
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Ugh, that cliffhanger. I need the next book NOW!! I feel like we haven't even begun to peel back the layers of both Marlo and Ray. We got the general backstory: known each other from childhood, she the popular girl, he the poor adopted son of the housekeeper. One heated night years ago, and the hatred that followed after. Now they're back together at 22, both counseling at a drama camp and none of the spark between them has dimmed in the slightest. He agrees with a fellow counselor that the best ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is book One in the Cruel Summer series. This is the story of Ray and Marlon. Ray is thought of as a 'Princess' and Marlon was the boy that mowed her lawn, a foster kid and one that the other kids picked on. They were never really friends, although both thought the other one was attractive. Ray did go along with the other kids sometimes to stay cool and which did cause Marlon to be hurt. Now years later Marlon is totally different and they find themselves together ...more
Escape into a Booksite
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibooks
*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.


RVD does it again with the first instalment of this series. I was captivated by the characters and their history, and getting to know them in by present. Watching them interact and trying to work out how they felt about each other was awesome.

This is a really fast read and with that ending I CANNOT WAIT for the next instalment to be released.

I really want to dig deeper into the story of
Tongan Book Lover (Ofa Tafa)
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nooooo! 😭😭 I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! Omg. Im a sucker for brooding assholes, for enemies to lovers books & for second chances. There is so much depth to this baby, so much heartache, I felt my soul come apart while reading it. It’s such a hot book, because the chemistry between Marlo and Ray is sizzling. This is a book about betrayal, about love & about judging a book by its cover. It’s amazing and the next addition can’t come any faster!
Shorouk Abd Elhamed
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good story. New adult usually not my genre and I hate many of its books but I liked this book . I liked hearing listening from the rich princess for the first time . This story shows that a person could change and that appearances isn't everything.I wished the more deep meanings took most of the story but I think this genre defines how the story goes.I liked the author writing style,too.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ray and Marlon will pull you in all directions. I feel this is RVD's best work to date.

Full review to come.
Flo Grugel
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That ending! I love how this was a novella, it's worked perfectly and I need more right now!!!
Logan Hr
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best Rachel van dyken book to date!!!! The #hatewasreal
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I have never been more happy that I read on an iPad than I am right now. I am sooooo glad I got to read this book by Rachel.

"I was asking for trouble. And heartache all in one. But his eyes? Those eyes, they haunted me."

I've read a lot of insta love stories the past few weeks, not by choice but because I signed up for them not knowing that they were that kinda story. Luckily they all turned out to be good books despite that aspect. The issue I have with insta love is that it takes away my fav
I am a sucker for hate to love, so when one of my favorite authors decided to feature this trope with a summer twist, I couldn't wait to dive in. Marlo is a little aloof in the beginning, but he quickly won me over. I adored Ray and ached for her struggles with abandonment. Ray and Marlo have a past but this romance is focused on the present. RVD does a fantastic job creating sexual tension and chemistry between these two. I couldn't get enough of the banter and stolen tender moments.

"Things are
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Gosh, this book defiantly brought the heat. I love this! Ray was a popular mean girl in high school. Marlo on the other hand was the boy who happened to mow her lawn and also had a crush on her. Several years later they end up at the same place, and Marlo is still angry with Ray. Among all the anger, tension and passion, this book also reminds us we should not judge others by outer appearances, you never truly know what's really going on in their life. I love the story line, it had me laug ...more
K's Secret Books
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You guys can tell when I'm stoked about something, right? I am STOKED. I'm in love with this story. The Cruel Summer series is made up of three parts. Summer Heat is part one. It's exclusive to iBooks right now. This was my first time reading on my iPad instead of my kindle. I know shocker right. I loved it. So don't be afraid to try out iBooks if you aren't currently using it.

"You know how people have enemies and then the people you know would drown you in a pool of your own blood if they had t
Melanie Cesa
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a start to this series! Marlon and Ray have such a strong connection, and man, you can feel it pouring out of the pages. Woo! These two have a wild love/hate relationship that will have your head spinning. I love them!

Having grown up together, although in very different manners, Marlon and Ray both think they know all there is to know about each other, but things are quickly coming to light. Man, that ending has me dying for the next book. I’m so anxious to see what’s going to happen.
Diana Laura (The Bookish Sisters)
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2 / 5 stars
Now this is the epitome of an enemies-to-lovers story. Holy moly. I’ve never felt so much hate and sexual tension together in a book before. It was NUTS. And… I think that is exactly the reason I didn’t love this book.

For starters, I’m not a huge fan of enemies-to-lovers (The Hating Game is always my exception). You’re probably thinking “well, you shouldn’t have picked up this book!” and you’re right but I can’t say no to Rachel Van Dyken’s books so
Juliana Alves  READ *--*
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.25- Gostei
Le cercatrici di libri
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Once upon a time there was a lawn boy who felt in love with a spoiled principess .. he loved her for afar and got humiliations and jokes for his love. She felt something she could not undestand for him but prefered not to follow it so she went away leaving him angry and frustrated. For yeard after the princess is a teacher and he is her boss.. The rule are changed but the feelings are not. Passion, revenge and loneliness are there. Which one is stronger? Can the lawn boy forgive her? Can
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Summer Heat is the first book in a three part novella series by the ever-talented, Rachel Van Dyken. It is an iBooks exclusive so go an borrow those iPads if you need to. You don’t want to miss this summer read.

Marlo mowed lawns. Ray lived in a castle. For four years Marlo was an outsider in her world. He was the nerdy gardener living in the house beside her castle. They went to high school together and while she was the princess, he was the boy being shoved into lockers just for looking at her
Stephanie Taylor
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken is book 1 in her iBooks exclusive series, Cruel Summer.

(Anyone else now hearing the song by Bananarama in their head? NO?! Just me?! Ahem… OK, then… on to the review!)

Marlo and Ray were friends for a brief summer when they were younger. Then labels became important, lines were drawn, and they were firmly separated by those lines. He grew to hate her, vowed to hate her forever after she stole a scholarship he needed desperately in order to escape the life he lived
Kat Bookworm
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Summer Heat is the first book in the Cruel Summer series by one of my favorite authors, Rachel Van Dyken. I have read almost all of her books and Summer Heat is by far one of my absolute favorites! I am so glad I borrowed an iPad so I didn't miss reading this one! I read it in one sitting and barely moved until it was over! It's a story about second chances, revenge, regret, judging a book by its cover, letting go, holding on and trusting your instincts. Rachel never disappoints with her fantast ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no wonder Rachel Van Dyken is my favourite author because everything she writes just keeps on getting better. This is the first book in the Cruel Summer series which will be exclusive to ibooks. The book itself is novella size which makes for easy fast reading when you only have an hour or two to spare.

When Ray turns up to work at Hollywoods most exclusive summer camp never in a million years did she expect to see the scrawny lawn boy who was always bullied at high school. The boy who she h
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
As soon as I Rachel Van Dyken started teasing us traders about her new series I was HOOKED!!! I have a soft spot for enemies to lovers tropes, and this one had a little bit of a twist to it which I was excited to get to the bottom of. So much so that I started reading this as soon as I got it, knowing it ends on a cliffhanger and that I was going to be left wanting more! And oh what a cliffhanger it was!!! Marlo (Marlon) & Ray have a very long history with each other. But even though they’ve ...more
Michele A.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marlon and Ray have known each other since they were 6. She lived in the big mansion and he lived with his foster mother in the caretaker's house. Marlo thought she was a princess who got everything she ever wanted, but he was not correct in his assumptions. Ray has never had parents who loved her or even paid attention to her. Things come to a head when Ray receives a drama scholarship to the college that was Marlo's #1 choice and he is bitter. Marlo thinks she didn't need the scholarship but t ...more
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
Summer Heat was the exact culmination of years spent in a lusty and animosity-filled dynamic and being forced into a close-quarters summer camp with that person. For both Ray and Marlo there were histories of physical and emotional trauma that only school and home life can afflict on you, and even from opposite ends of the spectrum both characters had their own burdens. With them now back around each other after years apart, the demons and the physical attractions were in full force and made f ...more
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